Lucy Grymes (b. 1720) and Hannah Grymes (1717-1763)

Date: 1735-1744

Based on the apparent ages of the girls, the subjects are generally identified as Lucy Grymes and Hannah Grymes, the two eldest daughters of John Grymes and Lucy Ludwell Grymes. John and Lucy Ludwell Grymes had 7 children living when Charles Bridges painted in the 1730s and 1740s. A double portrait of two brothers also exists. Lucy Grymes later married Carter Burwell of Carter’s Grove and Hannah Grymes later married Dr. Henry Potter.

Dimensions: approximately 39 1/2 x 49 1/2 in. (100.33 x 125.73 cm.)

The two girls are represented outdoors. An older girl sits in a blue dress with red drapery. She has pearls in her hair. The other girl stands next to her in a pink dress. Together, they hold up a basket of flowers between them.

See: MESDA Database, S-28284; Graham Hood, Charles Bridges and William Dering: Two Virginia Painters, 1735-1750 (1975), 54-62.

Family: Grymes
Decade: 1730s1740s
Credits: Private collection, MESDA Object Database, record S-28284, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), Winston-Salem, NC.